Outside my window… it’s dark and quiet.  I can hear the hum of the dehumidifier and a meow from Gracie every now and then.  It’s a peaceful, happy end to a long, busy day.

I am remembering… Alex walking into the kitchen last night with the “mark of the dragon” on his forehead, which he had drawn with a marker.  And if that wasn’t enough, because he is so immersed in How to Train Your Dragon right now, he added more marks to his chest and arms and proudly marched off declaring that now he looked like Hiccup.

I am thankful… for the voice of my sister on the other end of the line.  Some days it just idle chatter, other days it’s deep, meaningful discussions, but whether it’s a two minute “I just have to tell you real quick…” or an hour long “I don’t know what to do about this…” it always makes my heart feel happy to hear her voice and know she is just a phone call away.


In the kitchen… strawberry vanilla jam. And tomorrow the start of our ginger bug for making homemade, fermented soda.


I am looking forward to… seeing our animal friends at Pioneer Farms again.  After a break this summer a new spot opened up for us in the evenings.  We’ve really missed spending time with the donkeys, chickens, rabbits, horses and pig and walking the dusty trails that are reminiscent of a time long past.  It feels adventurous to step out of our modern life for a couple hours and getting a chance to immerse ourselves in the simple joys of farm life.

From the schoolroom… We finished up Christopher Columbus last week and have a week off before we return to study Jamestown for the next six weeks.

I am reading… Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola.  Stacie has been after me for a while to read it and although I am only a few chapters into it, it has definitely been a fun and delightful read so far, as promised. And, my hold at the library finally came through last night and I started The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

I am wearing… my favorite comfy clothes in the world…black capris, a burgundy t-shirt, and my zip-up sweatshirt.  Yes, a sweatshirt.  In Texas.  In September.

One of my favorite things… crossing off my checklist.

A peak into my day… 


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Outside my window… a whole flock of doves and a few small house finches snatching up the last little bits of bird seed for the evening.  August has been unusually mild this year and we’ve had more rain than in past years.  It’s nice to look out on a green lawn and wildflowers still blooming in Alex’s garden.

I am remembering… our past year volunteering at Pioneer Farms.




I am thankful… for audio books. Alex always has at least five or six on loan from the library and he carries his Kindle with him faithfully wherever he goes so he can listen to stories while he plays.

In the kitchen… nothing.  We have been working our way through stuff sitting on the pantry shelves for a while now and we’re getting close to not having enough to make a decent tasting meal.  Time for meal planning and a grocery list!

From the garden… It wasn’t our best harvest this year, but it certainly wasn’t our worst.  We had quite a few butternut squash early in the season along with green beans galore.  But Alex’s one tomato plant was the star of this season.  It outgrew three tomato cages and ended up being cut back four times before it finally gave up growing more tomatoes!






From the schoolroom… Second grade is finally underway and we have embarked upon a slightly different path this year.  I’m not sure how well I’m adjusting, but it seems to work well with Alex’s learning style.  He is really enjoying the focus on history this year but he still asks every day if we will be studying more about animals.

I am reading… Wizard’s First Rule, again.  I remember why I loved the Sword of Truth books the first time around.  I am also reading Serena for book club and wondering why I keep turning the pages, but I do.  And I am reading Fablehaven to see if it is something Alex would enjoy as he gets older.

I am looking forward… to camping as the weather cools down.  Our last experience left everyone a bit frustrated after attempting to take all three dogs, so we are going to try again minus the two small dogs and possibly minus the big one too!

One of my favorite things… bedtime reading with Alex.  We are almost done with Ember Falls.  As soon as the audio is available I can look forward to listening to it over and over and over again!

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